Available MSc topics for the course period 2016-2018

Animated Transitions in Statistical Maps

Find out how animated transitions in thematic mapping work, and if they are helping or hindering user perception.

Architectural Pattern for Designing Geospatial Web & Mobile Applications

To create a template that can be used by system developers to design and implement apps for the Web and/or for mobile platforms.

Using data-driven approaches to model tick bites in Dutch gardens

This MSc topic will use machine learning to model the occurrence of tick bites in Dutch gardens.

Pattern similarity: comparing time series of raster data at multiple resolutions

This MSc topic studies the two-fold problem of extracting and comparing spatio-temporal patterns from two (or more) raster time series, even if these have diffe

From a species range map to a systematic range description in English

To develop a method that starts from a small number of spatial data sources (including a species range map) and that delivers a highly systematic, natural langu

Usability analysis of ecosystem service maps

Development of a blueprint for the use and user-centered design of Ecosystem Services maps.

Assessing the impact of new health technology on the Dutch healthcare system

New health technologies such as robots and apps will change our health care system in future.

State of the Linked Open Geodata Cloud

To create ways to make more use of geoinformation in the Linked Open Data Cloud

The maps we didn't make – stages of obstacles for creating maps in a digital online atlas

Investigate the obstacles for producing maps in various stages in the editorial process of an online atlas project.

Legend-less maps

Design Legend-less maps by using annotations

Visual pollution as a risk indicator for water

The objective of this research topic is to implement visual pollution in an existing agent-based simulation model for cholera in Ghana.

Collaborative analysis of Volunteered Geographic Information for Citizen Science

To develop an approach for collaborative analysis of Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) based on principles of Citizen Science

The effects of screen size on field-based spatial task performance with the use of mobile augmented reality

To evaluate the influence of screen size on spatial task performance by using augmented reality on the smartphone and tablet in the field

When did it happen? A study on the timing of phenological events as reported by volunteers

This MSc topic deals with methods and techniques to quantify temporal uncertainties in volunteered (phenological) observations.

Bridging the gap between office and fieldwork using a geo-visual analytics environment

To develop an approach and prototype for collaborative analysis in geo-visual analytics environments that allow in-office and on-field analysts to communicate o

Integration of satellite images and crowdsourced geoinfo from mobile phones

To develop a client-server procedure for the integration of satellite images and crowdsourced geoinformation from mobile phones.

Where is "downtown"? Places and Location in Geosocial Media

To analyze representations of (vague) places in various geosocial media and develop a model to integrate them.

Semantic previews of geodata and geo-webservices

To design, prototype and test a semantic preview system for geodata and geo-webservices.

On the Design of Model Documentation Specifications

To develop an standardized method to document and describe models so that independently created models can be integrated and shared among model developers and m

Tripadvisor-style ratings for geodata and geo-webservices

To develop a review system for users to rate geodata and geo-webservices according to performance and usability.

GIS software tools for large-scale maptables

To formulate recommendations for the design of GIS software tools for large-scale maptables on the basis of testing the usability of already existing tools.

Cloud-based analysis of geosocial media streams

To test and evaluate cloud-based analysis methods and platforms for a particular use case and implement the analysis.

Usability of the eye-tracking technique in user research of interactive and dynamic geovisualization environments

The objective is to investigate the usability of eye-tracking in a mixed methods approach in which interactive and dynamic geovisualization environments are the

Enabling Smart Citizens for Smarter Cities

User Centered Design of a platform for synthesized geographic information provision and elicitation to enable Smart Citizens.

Preserving multiple semantic perspectives in user-generated geographic content

To develop a method to represent multiple semantic perspectives in user-generated content and visualize them.

A Contribution to Computer-Assisted Deciphering of Labels from Scanned Maps

The thesis shall contribute to a proposed toolbox dedicated to selective computer-assisted map feature extraction.

Linked Data Journalism - Analysing Linked Open Data with the Space Time Cube

To design, prototype and test workflows that analyse Linked Open Data with the Space Time Cube

Ontology development for Ecosystem Services

To develop and evaluate the use of a dedicated ontology for the interdisciplinary field of Ecosystem Services

Predicting local street temperatures using crowd-sourced data and a machine learning approach

In cities temperatures are often higher than in the surrounding areas. This can be caused by dark surfaces which absorb significantly more solar radiation.

Knowledge management for the RiverCare programme in the Water Management domain

To develop a semantic representation to categorize, query and have an overview of the content in the knowledge-base and link it with existing information platf

Uncertainty Visualization of Remotely Sensed data

The objective of this research is to establish an approach for the visualisation of uncertain information.

Analysis and Evaluation of Geocoding Services for User-Defined Locations in Account’s Profiles

In this thesis, available geocoding services (OpenStreetMap, GeoNames, Google Maps and other) should be analyzed for their possibilities, limitations and accura

Eye-Controlled Map Interaction

The objective of this research is to suggest appropriate gaze-interaction map applications and implement solutions for eye-controlled map interactions via an AP

ILWIS Plug-in for Spatio-Temporal Modeling

Develop modeling interfaces to connect dynamic models to GIS functionality

Potential usage of mixed reality devices in the field of Cartography

The objective of this research is to determine theoretically the functionality of the Microsoft HoloLense of the Cartography research field.

Ontology for Geo Citizen Science

To design and prototype an ontology for integrating geodata in Citizen Science

Building visual overview of potential interchanges in heterogeneous mobility system (EU-H2020 VaVeL)

The objective of this research is to reconstruct interactions between multiple transportation networks, such as trams and busses.

Map projections and flowmaps of airlines

Apply different maps projections to map airlines route that span the globe, to find out which map projection best show airline networks

Visualising Uncertainty of Point Phenomena

This thesis investigates on the visualisation of multiple distributions of point phenomena data.

Spatial-Temporal Visual Analysis of Weibo (twitter-like) Events

The objective of this research is to visually explore spatiotemporal patterns from large volume of geo-tagged Weibo data.

Information graphic design & cartography on mobile devices –

The objective of this research is to improve and implement solutions for a mobile visualization of indoor routes adapting an information-graphic like style/desi

Assessment of Eye-Tracking for Map Usability Studies

This thesis investigates on possible applications and performances of eye-trackers for user evaluations

Big Data Analytics for Time Critical Mobility Forecasting (EU-H2020 datAcron)

The objective of this research is to develop novel methods for threat and abnormal activity detection in very large fleets of moving entities spread across larg

Implementing & evaluating an editor for narrative thematic maps

Implement and evaluate an online editor for narrative thematic maps

Conducting Eye Tracking Study for the Uncertainty Visualizations

The objective of this research is to conduct a user test of the different approaches for the uncertainty visualization.

Event-based Smart City Applications

To develop and test a methodology to build smart city applications which consume spatio-temporal events, e.g.

Maps on smartwatches

To evaluate the use and usability of maps displayed on smartwatches.

Optimized use of Meteorological Crowd Sourced Data

The key objective of the project is to use machine learning techniques to validate and correct WOW measurements in real-time by integrating high-resolution anci

Visualization & indoor information system

The objective of this research is to suggest and implement solutions for a web based visualization of indoor space in combination with semantic information in a

Understanding Traffic Situations around Large Public Service Centres to Support Urban Planning

The objective of this research is to detect traffic problems related to large public service centers (e.g.

Location based capturing and geovisualisation of emotions with utilisation of smartbands

A field study should be carried out with the smartband to capture emotions under natural conditions.

The trust in maps

This thesis will study the authoritativeness of maps by testing user trust and reliance on route instructions on wayfinding activities in unfamiliar environment

Enhancing spatial awareness

This thesis will test how to provide spatial information for orientation and wayfinding with the goal to enhance spatial awareness.

Principal component analysis for multivariate geovisualisation

The aim of the master thesis is to develop a geovisual analysis tool which utilises PCA based on statistic software packages such as R or d3-pca library.

Mapping smombie phenomenon and its impact on traffic security

The objective of this research is to collect, analyse and visualize events related to accidents caused by smartphone zombie (smombie).

Rock depiction from LIDAR data and IR imagery

Development of an approach for rock depiction in web maps combining LIDAR data with IR orthoimagery and suitable for the improvement of the relief shading used

A Contribution to Computer-Assisted Reconstruction of Selected Line Features from Scanned Maps

A theory part shall summarise technical approaches of automated line reconstruction from maps and similar documents.

Run GIS everywhere: Creating single-webpage applications from geo-workflows

To design a basic method for transforming geo-workflows into single-webpage applications

On the Use of Adaptive Sketch Textures in a 3D Model of a Townscape

Summarising, the proposed model design should react on various use cases (different object emphasis, different simplicity of textures), and the time component

Sensing urban emotions

By applying different methods for data collection (i.e.

Using Topographic Isolation as Measure for Generalisation for Data from the Wikidata Project

Your task is to query Wikidata, bring the data into a GIS System of your choice and develop an implementation.

On-Demand Rendering of 3D Geo-Models from a Database Exemplified by the TUD Campus Model

On-Demand Rendering of 3D Geo-Models from a Database Exemplified by the TUD Campus Model

Automated generalization of feature groups with pattern preservation

The generalization methods of linear building alignments / Topic 2: The detection methods of grid-like building clusters

Mobile Learning (M-Learning) - Concept and development of an App for the Alpine Cartographic Field School

The aim of the master thesis will be the creation of an app as mobile guide for the “Alpine Cartographic Field School” (ACFS).

The Impact of Familiarity on Indoor Wayfinding

To explore how familiarity influence human wayfinding behaviour indoors, in terms of wayfinding decision making, usage of signs and route communicating.

User performance and strategies in interactive map search tasks

Gather insights into the task performance and strategies of map users for different map-related tasks in comparison to a theoretical model of the task complexit